Bills’ LeSean McCoy splitting first-team reps with Frank Gore and Devin Singletary
Despite some big-name talent in the backfield, the Buffalo Bills seem prepared to employ a multi-faceted attack at running back this season. Considering the age of two players fighting for snaps, carries, and touches, that development should come as no surprise.
According to team beat writer Nate Mendelson, the Bills have split first-team reps at running back between incumbent starter LeSean McCoy, ageless free-agent acquisition Frank Gore, and rookie Devin Singletary throughout the offseason.
“LeSean McCoy will have more competition for carries this season with the offseason additions of Frank Gore and rookie Devin Singletary. The three have rotated snaps with the first team. Expect the competition for snaps to heat up during training camp.”
A 10-year veteran, McCoy’s production reached career-low levels across the board last season, an indication of both his fading physical ability and Buffalo’s wholesale struggles on offense. The six-time Pro Bowler rushed 514 yards and three touchdowns in 2018, averaging a paltry 3.2 yards per carry, and also had just 238 yards receiving, his lowest total since 2018 and second-lowest of his career.
Gore signed a one-year deal with the Bills in March. The 36-year-old continued staving off Father Time last season, running for 722 yards on 4.6 yards per carry while sharing the Miami Dolphins’ backfield with Kenyan Drake.
Singletary, meanwhile, has impressed so far in the offseason after being selected with a third-round pick in April. The Florida Atlantic product is undersized at 5-foot-7, but makes up for it with balance, vision, and a rugged running style that allows him to play bigger than his height suggests.